BMS always advises the clients to use the services of a Registered Migration Agent(RMA) or Australian Lawyer because only the RMA or Australian Lawyer is well versed with the migration law and the complexity of the migration procedures. They are updated with all the latest changes in migration laws or procedures and how these affect applications. RMA or Australian Lawyer can assist in filling out visa application forms, collecting or compiling supporting evidence, providing explanations or advice, and making representations before tribunals and courts. There is an increase in competition for places within Australia’s immigration program, meaning applications need to be accurate and supported with all the required documentation, which will improve an applicant’s chance of success. Every RMA or Australian Lawyer, introduced by BMS to their clients have their own experience and expertise to specialise in the particular visas and their subclasses, in lodging applications. This expertise enable them to lodge applications that may be decision ready, and hence, may be dealt with expeditiously, thereby reducing processing time. Please note that no RMA or Australian Lawyer, however, can claim that they can guarantee a positive outcome or that they have special relations with the government that will, in any way, influence the outcome of the applications.
The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (‘OMARA’) defines a migration agent as a person who uses “their knowledge of Australia’s migration procedures to offer advice or assistance to a person wishing to obtain a visa or enter or remain in Australia. They can also give assistance to people who are nominating or sponsoring prospective visa applicants.” OMARA has enforced a rigorous Code of Conduct that regulates the conduct of Registered Migration Agents. As per the code, Registered Migration Agents are required to be people of integrity and good character. The code imposes agents to act in the lawful interest of the clients; and they have a duty to preserve the confidentiality of the client. Australian immigration law and associated regulations are extremely complex and subject to continuous change.
On 21 June 2017, if enacted, would end the dual regulation of lawyers by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority. This legislation is introduced by the Turnbull Government (the “Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents Bill) 2017”) into the House of Representatives. The principal features of the Bill, as of 1 July 2018, if enacted is that “Australian legal practitioners” will no longer be able to be Registered Migration Agents, which will be implemented through the introduction of a new section 289B to the Migration Act 1958. The consequence of this amendment is that any application for registration as a migration agent that is made by an “Australian legal practitioner after 1 July 2018 would be refused. “Australian legal practitioners” are able to give “immigration assistance” within the meaning of section 276 of the Migration Act without the need to be a Registered Migration Agent as of 1 July 2018.